Bone Cold by Erica Spindler was originally published in 2001. My paperback copy is 506 pages. This is an easy to read, enjoyable, predictable mystery.
Synopsis from book cover:
She thought the nightmare was over...
Twenty-three years ago, Anna North survived a living nightmare. A madman kidnapped her, cut off her pinkie, then vanished. Today Anna lives in New Orleans, writing dark thrillers under another name. She finally feels safe.
But it was only just beginning.
Suddenly Anna's quiet life takes a frightening turn. Letters start to arrive from a disturbed fan. Anna is followed, her apartment broken into. Then a close friend disappears.
Anna turns to homicide detective Quentin Malone, but Malone's more concerned with the recent murders of two women in the French Quarter. But after a third victim is found—a redhead like Anna, her pinkie severed—Malone is forced to acknowledge that Anna is his link to the killer...and could be the next target.
Now Anna must face the horrifying truth—her past has caught up with her. The nightmare has begun again.
"Terror held thirteen-year-old Harlow Anastasia Grail in a death grip." pg. 1
"She was safe. In her own apartment. Except for her parents, she'd cut all ties to her past. None of her friends or business associates knew who she was. Not even her publisher or literary agent. She was Anna North now." pg. 16
"The scene resembled dozens of others Quentin had worked over the years. The seasons changed, the location, the number dead and amount of blood. The aura of tragedy did not." pg. 50
"Anna's heart began to thunder; she felt ill. In one fell swoop her mother had revealed not only her occupation but her city of residence as well." pg. 73
"You know, Detective Malone, after meeting you it doesn't surprise me that there are so many famous unsolved crimes." pg. 99